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Deploying Database Analytics on Amazon Web Services

In a world of increasing connectedness, through social media and the Internet of Things, there seems to be an ever growing pressure for businesses to adopt cloud environments and ITaaS mentalities.  However, many are still skeptical about how the cloud can help their business and even what the cloud is in the first place.  Don’t worry, cloud doesn’t mean that your data is hanging out in those puffy white collections of water vapor in the sky and rain doesn’t send your archived data down the storm drain.  

Industry use cases for the new Cima + Splunk partnership

Earlier in the summer I shared two blog posts on the new partnership between Cima Solutions Group and Splunk. In the first two posts, we started by introducing the new partnership, and then looked at how log management tools from Splunk could help you enjoy success with your hybrid cloud environment. I wanted to talk a bit more about how our two companies have helped customers in the past, and how our new partnership could help us serve those same customers even better.

How hybrid cloud can make better beer, part 3: Understanding IBM hybrid cloud solutions

This is the final post in our series on how hybrid cloud can help craft brewers create better beer. Make sure to check back and read the first two posts, if you have not done so already. In fact, grab a cold beer first!

In this post, we’ll take a final look at how hybrid cloud can benefit craft brewers, and then wrap up with a look at some of the hybrid cloud solutions offered by our partner IBM.

How hybrid cloud can make better beer, part 2: From planning to profits

In the previous post in our series on how hybrid cloud can help create better beer, we took a quick look at what hybrid cloud is, and started looking at what makes beer and hybrid cloud such a good fit for each other. Now, we’ll pick back up where we left off, with a look at how hybrid cloud can improve processes throughout the brewing cycle.

How Hybrid Cloud can Help Make Better Beer

Here at Cima Solutions Group, we spend a lot of time thinking about how technology can make the world a better place to live in. Sometimes that means big things, like saving lives through better medical practices or improving lives through innovative educational concepts. However, every now and then, there comes a time to set aside those big goals (important as they may be) to focus on something fun.

Looking to make a move to the cloud? Find out why a cloud assessment should be your first step

Today's IT leaders face a wide variety of challenges every day. Whether it's making the most of limited resources, ensuring that line of business employees are empowered to do their jobs well, or keeping vital company data stored safely, these administrators have a lot of priorities competing for their time. Throw in the unexpected crises that inevitably arise in IT settings, and it's hard to understand how these people get anything done at all.

Hybrid Cloud - What we can learn from the IBM Growing Up Hybrid report

For many IT organizations, interest in hybrid cloud is the highest it has ever been. However, it can often be difficult for these organizations to separate hype from reality. In spite of all the talk, questions still abound: what does a great hybrid cloud environment actually look like? What are the main differences between leading hybrid organizations and others that are less successful? Perhaps most importantly, what kind of benefits do these organizations actually enjoy as a result of their move to hybrid?

The 2016 build vs buy question - Cloud, Hyper-converged or Bare-Metal

Alright all of you honey-do procrastinators, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow!  That means Spring time is coming early so you better start planning for all your outdoor DIY projects.  If you are like me, my mind races to "Should I build it or can I find something already built that will give me my weekend back?"

Three Paths to Going Hardware Free ~ Todd Brown, Cima Solutions Group

Traditionally, data centers have relied on hardware for storage, but physical servers have drawbacks, like short lifecycles and the expense of space and energy for cooling. Accordingly, ComputerWorld calls data centers “the new polluters”, reporting that it takes 34 power plants and 500 megawatts of electricity to power the world’s data centers. With physical servers placing a strain on your company’s resources, it makes sense to explore ways to either reduce or eliminate the hardware from your data center. On the journey to a hardware-free data center, consider three possible paths: Virtualization, software-defined storage, and the public cloud.

The Two Faces of Hybrid Cloud ~ Mark Venator, Cima Solutions Group

Depending on where we are and who we are dealing with, most of us will slightly change personas, speaking, or appearance to suit the situation. For example, we may wear a suit and a tie to work, but board shorts with a Hawaiian shirt at home on the weekends. Similarly, we probably wouldn’t ask our boss or a co-worker for advice on a personal problem. We might even alter our voice or vocabulary to communicate better with people we know well by taking on an accent or using slang words.